Prosecutor dismissed in high-profile Latvian case

Riga Vidzeme District Court Judge Imants Dzenis on September 24 upheld the dismissal of prosecutor Uldis Cinkmanis, as demanded by former insolvency administrator Māris Sprūds' attorney, reported the LETA newswire.

Cinkmanis is one of the prosecutors in a criminal case where Sprūds has been charged with extortion, abuse of power, money laundering and extortion in an organized group. Another ten people have also been charged in the case.

Dzenis emphasized that he made the decision because, since review of the case began in the court, too much of effort was going into preventing the conflict between Sprūds and Cinkmanis.

After the hearing, Sprūds told reporters that the court, in his opinion, had read the situation correctly and made the right decision.

The next court hearing will be on September 27.

As reported, Sprūds stands accused of misappropriation of about EUR 2.6 million during insolvency processes of Dzimta Seta and Peltes Ipašumi companies and extortion of EUR 1.2 million during the liquidation of Trasta Komercbanka.

Another insolvency administrator, Ilmārs Krūms, has been charged with negligence. Financier Jorens Raitums has been charged with extortion in an organized group and money laundering. Builder Martins Krūms has been charged with extortion in an organized group, while businessman Guntars Slišāns has been charged with extortion in an organized group and money laundering.

Irish citizen Timothey Kelley was charged with money laundering. Former Justice Ministry parliamentary secretary and insolvency administrator Aigars Lusis, former judge Diana Masina, Sprūds’ employee Oskars Ercens, businessman Vjaceslavs Holmins and Sprūds’ wife, former insolvency administrator Ilze Gulbe have also been charged in the case.

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